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Cocaine Bust: Surinamese Rice Exporter Shot Dead in Guyana

Surinamese rice exporter gunned down in Guyana after huge cocaine-in-rice bust

A Surinamese rice exporter was shot dead in Guyana, days after law enforcement agents in Suriname busted 2,300 kilogrammes of cocaine in a shipment of rice that was destined for France, his lawyer in Suriname said.

Nitender Oemrawsingh, who owned Nivash Rice in Suriname, was found dead on the Number 63 foreshore on Monday, his lawyer Irvin Kanhai said.          Continue reading

Cricket: Alvin Kallicharran Awarded British Empire Medal – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + video

Alvin Kallicharran is Honored With British Empire Medal

Alvin Kallicharran

It was August 2015 at Idlewild Park in New York. There were a number of greats of West Indies cricket. At the end of the game the young cricketers wanted to speak to only one of them. He willingly obliged and for the next few minutes he had them under his spell. Alvin Kallicharran spoke about the need for discipline, about keeping oneself fi t and above all to never to give up, even when a mountain is staring at you.

The youngsters listened intently and at the end of his motivational speech they gave him a warm applause. Alvin’s simplicity and his ability to mix with all have endeared him to people from all walks of life. He sees it as his mission to share his knowledge with others and to pass on information that can be of help.    Continue reading

Guyana among Caribbean states listed as “flawed democracy” – EUI Index


Guyana is listed as a “flawed democracy” in the latest Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index, which considers a number of rankings across different areas, including the electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

The Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories in 2018. It covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (microstates are excluded). The EIU is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper.

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Guyana Must Carefully Manage Its Constitutional Crisis – Bruce Golding | Jamaica Observer

Guyana Must Carefully Manage Its Constitutional Crisis

Bruce Golding | Jamaica Observer

From a distance, Guyana has seemed poised for an era of unprecedented development and prosperity. Since 2015 it has confirmed 10 offshore oil wells capable of generating over 750,000 barrels per day. New wells are being discovered every few months and the technical data suggest that there are many more wells to be drilled. 

With production expected to start next year, Guyana is in a position to become a significant oil producer — several times greater than Trinidad & Tobago — with tremendous benefit to its economy, its people and the region, if properly managed.       Continue reading

“Unwritten Poem” – Poem by Barbados’ First Poet Laureate Esther Phillips

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minister of culture appoints poet esther phillips as barbados' first poet laureate - february 2018

Minister of Culture appoints Poet Esther Phillips as Barbados’ first Poet Laureate – February 2018
Photo Credit: Barbados Government Information Services

My Poetry Corner January 2019 features the poem “Unwritten Poem” from the poetry collection, The Stone Gatherer, by Esther Phillips, a poet and educator born in Barbados, where she still resides. In February 2018, she was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the Caribbean island-nation.

After attending the Barbados Community College at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, she won a James Michener fellowship to the University of Miami where, in 1999, she gained an MFA degree in Creative Writing. Her poetry collection/thesis won the Alfred Boas Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets.

In 2001, she won the leading Barbadian Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award. Years later, the third of her three well-received poetry collections, Leaving Atlantis (2015), won the Governor General’s Award…

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Television: Desmond’s at 30: ‘I wrote it for white people’ – The Guardian UK

Desmond’s at 30: ‘I wrote it for white people’

The tale of Peckham’s most inept barber is Britain’s most successful black sitcom. On its 30th anniversary, its creator and star talk guns, dominoes – and why more writers of colour need to be heard

 ‘When I started out, they made braver choices in television’ … Desmond’s. Photograph: Channel 4
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Caribbean: Barbados economy ends year on high

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE – Caribbean Life News

Midway last year government’s foreign reserves stood at, $221.5 million, barely enough for 7.2 weeks of imports of essential items such as petroleum products. The international benchmark for reserves coverage is 12 weeks.  (Bdos$ = U$= 50c)

Contrasting that gloomy picture at June 30, 2018, the Barbados government ended the year holding $522 million in foreign currency.  The year-end GDP figures are not yet in but as of September it had jumped to $3.82 billion.

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OPINION: Guyana – a gathering place for all except locals – By GHK Lall

OPINION: Guyana – a gathering place for all except locals

There they are operating under different foreign flags in local waters: Norwegian ships charting and collecting; multinational ExxonMobil readying and salivating; American State Department (and outgoing US Ambassador) shifting and solidifying partnership gears through comforting sounds.  As if not to be left out of the festivities, Caricom countries and the British (I think) have spoken favorably.

And I would be remiss if I were to forget the ubiquitous Middle Kingdom from the Far East casting about left and right for an opening to extend its burgeoning dreams of a far-flung global empire. Suddenly, little Guyana, once backward Guyana, is everybody’s best friend, and everyone is seeking some loving.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Govt. threatens court action if Speaker’s ruling unfavourable

Passage of no confidence motion… Govt. threatens court action if Speaker’s ruling unfavourable

Basil Williams

Jan 01, 2019- Kaieteur News

The government has assembled a group of legal advisors in preparation to fight the results of the no confidence motion all the way to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams yesterday said Government has sent a legal memorandum to House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland.

The brief maps Government’s arguments for consideration on the passage of the motion which was passed based on a 33-32 vote count in the 65-member National Assembly on December 21.     Continue reading

Washington’s new Africa policy may affect the Caribbean – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Washington’s new Africa policy suggests a changed Caribbean relationship

David Jessop

By David Jessop

What should one make of the recent announcement by the US president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, outlining a new ‘America First’ policy towards Africa?

If taken at face value it suggests that the US administration is embarking on a policy that regards the continent as a Cold War playground in which superpowers vie for influence and control, irrespective of the sovereignty of the states concerned. At the same time, it implies that the decades-long US policy neglect of the continent and its cession of engagement to Europe, is at an end.              Continue reading

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